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Posted by Shelly Wolf on August 16, 2000 at 02:42:27:

In Reply to: Re: Sensory Integration Disorder NOT ADD! posted by elizabeth on October 12, 1999 at 16:16:46:

My name is Shelly and I am 16 years old. A few months ago my sister, who is studying to become an Occupational Therapist, started learning about Sensory Integration Dysfunction. As she read about all the different symptoms and signs of this condition she realized I was a textbook case of this my entire life. When I found out about this so much became clearer to me. All the weird quirks I have are caused by this condition. I pull my hair constantly, I cant wear socks because they bother me, there are certain types of clothes I cant wear, I cant run my hand over a rough surface....the list goes on and on. I was diagnosed with a severe major depression disorder almost a year ago but now I realize most of that was caused by living with tactile defensiveness for so many years. Knowing about my condition helped me learn a little bit about coping with it. The problem is, there are no scientific studies about this condition in adults. I'm not a kid and using toys and things doesn't quite help me cope with it. I want to know how to live with Sensory Integration Dysfunction as an adult. I cant just not wear socks the rest of my life and I have trouble sleeping everynight because I'm uncomfortable. It really bothers me. If anyone can tell me a site or an e-mail address that can help me I'd appreciate it a lot. Or if anyone has questions about helping their children with tactile defensiveness I'd be very willing to give suggestions if I can. I'd really love to talk to anyone else who has problems with this condition. Thank you for taking the time to read my story.
-Shelly

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